Today’s Best Word Ever is zenzizenzizenzic: eighth power of a number.
An obsolete form of mathematical notation representing the eighth power of a number (x8). The Oxford English Dictionary only records one citation for the term, in The Whetstone of Witte (1557), by Welsh mathematician and physician Robert Recorde—although his spelling was zenzizenzizenzike, from the equally obsolete root word zenzic. Speaking of equal, Recorde introduced another far more familiar mathematical symbol in Witte: the equal sign (=).
Cyclops rented a unicycle during their vacation at the Jersey Shore, but Robby Octopus needed to ask the shop owner if he had any zenzizenzizenzic cycles.
Today’s BWE entry is a milestone. Blogopus has completed the alphabet for the first time. We’ve gone from absquatulate (“to depart in a hurry”), a word I absolutely love, to zenzizenzizenzic, a word I could not have imagined in my craziest dreams. Put the two together and you get absquazenzic, or perhaps zenzitulate.
Either way it’s eight times the fun, like our muffed and muffled mascot, Robby Octopus, who’s reminding us that there are only ten more shopping days until Christmas—time to skedaddle! (Another great word!)
p.s. By the way, Robby would like love, peace, and harmony for Christmas—and a Zippity Zebra My Pillow Pet.™